Elfrida De Renne Barrow

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Elfrida De Renne Barrow (1884—1970) was an author and poet who has been honored as a Georgia Woman of Achievement.[1] Barrow joined the Georgia Historical Society in 1920 as a curator and one of the first women allowed into the organization.[1] In her years as curator, some of her articles were published in the journal,[2] and she also began to have her poetry published.


In 1920, Barrow co-founded The Poetry Society of Georgia with four other women, calling themselves the "Prosodists."[3] The women brought poet and editor Harriet Monroe to Savannah to review their poetry, leading to Monroe's journal Poetry featuring Barrow's poetry.[3] The journal continued to publish Barrow's poetry for many years.[4]

Wormsloe Foundation[edit]

In 1930, Barrow took over her brother's mortgage at the Wormsloe Plantation, where the family had upheld a tradition of printing publications and building a library.[5] When Barrow and her husband moved to Athens, she made the library collection available to the University of Georgia.[5] In 1951, Barrow founded the Wormsloe Foundation, turning over the majority of the publications.[1]


  • Anchored Yesterdays:The Log Book of Savannah's Voyage Across a Georgia Century: in Ten Watches[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Barrow, Elfrida De Renne". Georgia Women of Achievement. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Savage Anderson, Mary; Elfrida De Renne Barrow; Elizabeth Mackay Screven; Martha Gallaudet Waring (December 1933). . "Georgia. A Pageant of Years". The Georgia Historical Quarterly 17 (4): 318. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Strong, Katharine H. (Spring 1954). . "The Poetry Society of Georgia". The Georgia Review 8 (1): 29–40. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ De Renne Barrow, Elfrida (April 1922). . "I Wonder". Poetry 20 (1): 21. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Bragg, William Harris. "Wormsloe Plantation". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Georgia Humanities Council. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  6. ^ . "Back Matter". The Georgia Review 4 (2): 144. Summer 1950. Retrieved 3 January 2014.